A Sacred Place For Everyone – the Healing Garden
"Come Sit With Me" bronze statue of Sister Mary Baptist Russell in the Mercy Medical Center Redding Healing Garden.
In 2002, an empty space, an inner court of the hospital was recognized as the perfect location for a Healing Garden, where patients and their family members could quietly reflect and have respite from the challenges of medical treatment and where employees, physicians, volunteers and the community at large could enter quietly for graced moments of renewal and restoration of spirit.
This particular location would provide the advantage that if patients or employees could not physically go outside, the garden would still be visible from many areas in the hospital.
Nearly ten years after the location for the Healing Garden was identified, the space has been transformed from concept to reality through a professional architectural garden design. The Healing Garden is augmented with three wall murals as focal points in the Irish, Zen, and Mediterranean Rooms.
A special ceremony and blessing took place on May 30 2012, to officially open the Garden with over 250 guests in attendance. The ceremony included a special blessing by Sr. Brenda O’Keeffe. This Garden was made possible because of Sr. Brenda’s vision and dedication to this project as well as over $200,000 in donations from employees, physicians, the hospital Guild and other community members made through Mercy Foundation North. Click here to see more photos of this glorious gift to our community!
At the Blessing Ceremony and Garden Tour, left to right:
Mercy Foundation North Board of Trustees Member
Dr. Randy Smith and his wife, Judy, with Mercy Foundation
North President, Jeanine Bourgeois-Hedman, Sr. Brenda O’Keeffe,
Elaine Moyer (Mercy Supporter and Guild member), and
Ruth Coelho (Artist of the Sr. Mary Baptist Russell sculpture).
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